Happy 51st Birthday, Marie!
Published January 26, 2013
January 26, 2012, is Marie Mason's 51st birthday, which she is celebrating
locked in a special control unit in the federal prison in Carswell, Texas.
Marie is three years into her almost twenty-two year sentence.
Mason has been in prison since 2009 and is now in Ft. Worth Texas under
She was part of the "Green Scare" sweep of
indictments and arrests of activists associated with Earth Liberation Front
and Animal Liberation Front direct actions. Marie was sentenced in 2009 to
nearly 22-year prison sentence for two acts of property destruction, the
longest of any Green Scare defendant. In 2010 Mason was transferred to a
special wing of a Texas prison that has restrictive policies regarding
Mason is a loving mother of two and has been an activist for over 20
years. Like Earth First!'s Judi Bari, she is from a generation of radicals who
worked to link the environmental and labor movements by stitching together
groups such as Earth First! with unions like the Industrial Workers of the
Marie is also a musician, artist and writer. Some of her
art and poems are on her support website (see below).
December call-out, events for Marie's birthday have been held in countries
around the world. They include Wellington, New Zealand; Haifa, Israel;
Nijmegen, Netherlands; Vancouver, Canada; and Oakland, Baltimore, Chapel
Hill, Bloomington, Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, and Troy, New
York in the United States. Supporters have sent birthday cards, held yoga
classes, had afternoon tea, shown movies, and had cake to celebrate with her
and let her know that she is neither alone nor forgotten.
If you were
not able to attend one of these events, please send her a card and brighten
her day. She loves to get mail from supporters, although she is limited in
how many people she can write back. Please include a return address on the
envelope, do not affix anything such as glitter or glue to your letters or
cards, and be aware that letters which are not entirely in English may be
significantly delayed in reaching her.
Marie Mason #04672-061
Federal Medical Center
P.O. Box 27137
Fort Worth, TX 76127
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